The Wolverine

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A couple of months ago, Hugh Jackman posted to his Twitter feed an invitation for fans to let him know what they’d like to see in the third Wolverine solo movie. Now chances are that director James Mangold and his team have a pretty firm handle on what they’re going to do for the film, up to and including a rumor that the plot will be taken from the graphic novel Old Man Logan, but still, fan feedback has its benefits. So what did Jackman an the gang gleam from their little social media invite? Well, it seems that fans want the return of Wolverine’s arch-nemesis, which, according to Jackman, is a very real possibility. (more…)

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Hugh Jackman wasn’t the first choice to play Wolverine when X-Men was made over 15 years ago, but after six (and next maybe seven and eight) film appearances, it’s hard to imagine another actor stepping into those metal claws and mutton chops. Still, it’s likely a reality that we’ll have to embrace in the next couple of years as Jackman’s repeatedly stated that the upcoming third Wolverine solo movie will be his last as the mutant who’s the best at what he does. So what will this last Wolverine story be about? Well, that’s the question that Jackman is putting to you, the fans, in this first teaser image for the film. (more…)

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Many fans were disappointed when Patrick Stewart commented back in January that he didn’t think he or Ian McKellen would be reprising their X-Men roles in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. Some wondered if we’d ever see them back as Professor Xavier and Magento ever again. Fear not though, it seems that both Sirs will be returning to the big screen to play those iconic X-Men roles, maybe just not in the same movie together. (more…)

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It’s a conundrum that a lot of big franchises face and continue to face, what happens when your star gets too long in the tooth (read: old) to play the main character in your movie series? To wit, one actor looking at the idea of being recast in the face is Hugh Jackman. He’s played the X-Men’s Wolverine in seven films over 14 years, including this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but as the man said, nothing lasts forever. So we ask the actor himself, who would you like to see take over as Wolverine when you walk away from the mutant movie series? And Jackman has a surprising answer… (more…)

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Even when it’s considered a “sure thing” in Hollywood, it’s nice to get some confirmation right from the one person who should know what’s going on. Wolverine is such a comic book movie presence that even if Hugh Jackman refused to play the character again, we’d soon see someone else taking up the mantle. So this was really just a matter of confirming that director James Mangold, who is said to be under contract to write the next Wolverine script, would also direct the follow-up. (more…)

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As you may or may not be aware, Hugh Jackman holds the record for the most times portraying a single comic book superhero (seven at present–soon to be eight). He’s the best at what he does–and what he does is play a goddamn pitch-perfect James Howlett/Logan/Wolverine.

But even Jackman knows all good things must come to an end and whatnot. We’ve talked about his future as the animalistic Canadian antihero once or twice before, and a few months ago IGN‘s Scott Collura sat down with the (apparently super nice) actor and discussed, among other things, the likelihood that he’ll be passing the adamantium claws to a successor anytime soon:  (more…)

What’s Wolvie Wearing in ‘Days of Future Past?’

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Logan spent most of The Wolverine either wearing street clothes or going shirtless, but an alternative ending on the Blu-ray featured a scene where the X-Men’s resident berserker received something that looked like his traditional, comic book duds complete with the mask and bright yellow colors. Sadly, for anyone deluded enough to think that Hugh Jackman might suit up in something very Wolverine-esque in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, we must now put a pin in your delusions as a new image of Wolverine, in costume, has emerged. (more…)

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The garish yellow uniform Wolvie sported in most of the comics has yet to make an appearance in any of the character’s on-screen appearances (indeed, it’s was even joked about in the first X-Men flick).

Now, it could be argued that the movies wish to distinguish themselves from the comic books, and there’s nothing more to the decision to dress Logan differently than that, but James Mangold, director of the popular antihero’s latest cinematic incarnation, has more to say on the subject:  (more…)

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One of the biggest complaints that some people have (including myself) about certain super hero flicks is that they’re made to appeal to the larger audience, thus sacrificing the integrity of a character for the sake of making that PG-13 rating.  With The Wolverine – James Mangold’s latest take on the rage-munchkin we all know and love – it seemed particularly out of place.  The character of Wolverine is, after all, a man that cuts people into little fkn pieces at the drop of a hat.  Luckily, some of this is being addressed with the release of an Extended and Unrated cut of the film for home viewers.  But does it measure up in the long run? (more…)